I’ve learned firsthand this Spring that a challenge is the best way to grow- and equip one for more gratifying opportunities. When I was approached by the Fashion Editor of Obvious Magazine, a respected online fashion/lifestyle publication, I was at once honored…and quietly intimidated. He deemed my vision of the runway and Fashion Week coverage in London and NY good enough for an 8-page spread in the magazine. I’ve never done a fashion shoot before. Not even a “test.” It wasn’t until a few weeks later when I found out on the-model-to-shoot’s Facebook page that it would also be the cover of the magazine. Most people may not know that you can be fantastic at one photographic subject- but flounder at another. I’ve never even had an opportunity to fail in a fashion shoot, let alone shoot a published one! But I took on the challenge- as I’ve taken on every opportunity that seemed larger than me- and now I may be embarking on a photographic path that might lead me to the success I’ve dreamed of.
(^ Love this one!)
View MORE of my first fashion featured AFTER THE JUMP
What you see is a handsome, professional model in the outdoor elements for a theme in American patriotism & honor. What you didn’t see was the absolute hell and setbacks we went through to produce the photo feature. Question: How do you make a glorious shoot that is supposed to emulate summer and beach- in wintry, stark Central Park? That’s what I was faced with when the Creative Director re-assigned the team’s location from a beach- to a lifeless Park. It was a fairly chilly March in New York, no trees at all in bloom, and when we checked the weather to see a Partly Cloudy/Mostly Sunny date for our shoot (Perfect!) we were fooled when we arrived to super-cloudy, colder than expected weather (Darn!). All of this with no sophisticated equipment- no expensive lenses, no lighting gear- just me, my camera, and a reflector. And- if I need to reiterate- it was my first time shooting…so much for an easy start! But we all pulled through, and it turned into a photo spread that I am certainly proud of.
AND…last but not least, the COVER shot of the magazine:
A special thanks to Douglas Hickman, Cavier Coleman, Wayman Bannerman, Pratik Naik, Jerris Madison, and Victor Maldonado for being apart of this important time in my aspiring career.
-Hope you’re inspired!-